Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Woman Pleads Guilty To Accessory To Murder In Man's Death



A 23-year-old East Palo Alto woman pleaded guilty today in San Francisco Superior Court to an accessory to murder charge for her role in the stabbing death of a San Francisco father of three one year ago, prosecutors said.

Natasha McJimsey had been held in connection with the April 21, 2008, murder of Kenneth Arthur Jr., 46, who was found stabbed to death at about 12:30 a.m. at Thomas Avenue and Griffith Street, near his home in the Bayview district.

Arthur had been a celebrated recipient of the first Habitat for Humanity home in San Francisco.

Investigators believe his killing was over a drug debt Arthur had failed to pay to another man, 30-year-old David Earby Jr., of San Francisco.

According to investigators, McJimsey, a confessed crack dealer, knew Earby and that night at Earby's request, handed him the knife he used to kill Arthur, and later attempted to conceal evidence of the murder.

Earby was himself killed in an unrelated solo motorcycle crash in Pinole only days after the murder. McJimsey was arrested at her home on July 8.

McJimsey had been originally charged with murder, and today, prosecutors said she agreed to plead guilty to accessory to murder and drug charges.

Under the terms of the agreement, she faces three years and eight months in state prison, according to the district attorney's office.

Arthur became Habitat for Humanity San Francisco's first homeowner in the city in 1996. Five days before his murder, he emceed a Habitat for Humanity gala fundraiser and awards event attended by Mayor Gavin Newsom.

He left behind a wife and three sons.

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